Girl on a Bicycle was one of the first serigraphs I worked on...
I never imagined that would be where my next career would take me : )
By the Corner
Sunbeams At Midday
Girl on A Bicycle
Ballerina Della Notte
Study for Casa De Campo
Disney Art Classics
Figaro & Cleo
Aurora & Phillip | Sericel
A Sericel is printed on mylar film. The first colours printed are the ink outlines, face down. Then the rest of the colours are printed starting with any foreground colours working towards the back to help ensure clean registration.
This is the opposite of any other print, where you work from the background forward, adding the small details at the end. The result is an authentic looking animation cell.
The Secret Art of Dr. Suess
Cat from the Wrong Side of the Tracks
Every Girl Should Have a Unicorn
Venetian Cat Singing Oh Solo Meow
Pink Tufted Small Beast in Night Landscape
This is one of my personal favourites. It was printed on heavy duty watercolour paper. I built up transparent inks simulating watercolour washes and the UV coat was matte, so it did not create a sheen. The result was very natural. I have seen some nice prints ruined by the sheen of the topcoat. It can ruin (or enhance) the look of a print depending on how it is used. A watercolour would never have a sheen to it!
Elephant Presenting a Flower to a Bird
Self Portrait as a Young Man Shaving
Sawfish with such a Long Snout
The Secret Art of Dr. Suess | Book Cover
Sea Cliffs and Redwoods
Live Oak Country
Toccatta and Fugue
A Touch of Magic
Beauty Beyond Believing
Before the Sun Goes Down
A Vagrant Dream
Herd of Horses
I Wandered Over the Fields
Into the Forest
Trees Draped in Autumn
Mist in the Dark Woods
Valley of Dreams
As Far as I Could See
We the People
The Two Suitors
Midnight Blue Delage
Hotel De Lecluse
Hotel De Lecluse | Dedication
Jim Buckles | Book Dedication
Reef Garden Suite
This is a great example of a quadriptych (set of four). In this case, they can be hung as a complete set of four, two sets of two (vertically or horizontally), or individually.
They were printed as two sets of two (horizontally). I maximized the efficiency of each run on the press by "splitting the screen". This means that the screen was divided into multiple channels created with cardboard. The cardboard "walls" kept each ink colour contained. Small squeegees were custom fitted to each channel and attached to the main bar (instead of the usual single long squeegee).
I did this whenever possible... which maximized efficiency, but tried the patience of my printer (who was awesome : ))
Butterfly Fish with Pink Anthias
Juaquin Torrents Llado
El Gran Escenario (Villa Verde)
Scion of Giverny
Srta. Trinidad Campins
La Shun Beal
This was printed on black paper, which really made it pop!
Printing on black paper is an extra challenge. The base colour (which is a solid block of ink) needs to be printed multiple times. This can wreck havoc with registration, because this heavy initial deposit of ink changes the paper size. On the other hand... it can potentially stabilize the print against future weather variations. Better to have it happen in the beginning, when the print is less developed.
It's a nightmare when you have a lot of little details that no longer align. It is a little terrifying to start up a really detailed print when the weather is different from the normal day to day - especially here in Southern California where dry Santa Ana wind conditions can be juxtaposed against rain!
Circle of Glance
Circle of Love (Beta)
Royal Pose (Green)
Dance of Flakes
These prints involved a lot of R&D and experimentation. It was challenging but fun!
The originals incorporated a lot of mixed media that were difficult to reproduce through the screen process.
We used a lot of metallic inks and powders, glitter (all specs possible), transparent UV coatings in deep rich colours (resulting in an almost stained-glass effect). The "dimensional" lines and globs were drawn and shaded to simulate dimension. For some prints, we printed an adhesive and added gold leaf by hand. The artist then added further embellishments.
Prometheus is my favourite one.
The swirling layers of "lacquer" turned out very natural looking. The final print was very deep rich and luminous, it seemed to have an inner fire...
Melanie Taylor Kent
The Flintstones | 30th Anniversary
This print used more screens than any other project. It was also the most methodically planned and strategically sequenced. It could have required many more runs and/or turned out really messy. The result was very clean, with tight registration and rich vibrant colours. It was printed on both white and black paper stock. Each print was hand signed by Hanna & Barbera in addition to Melanie Taylor Kent.
Dodger Stadium | 30th Anniversary
These were the largest prints I have worked on. I had to crawl onto my light table to access the middle areas. Hard to print too!
Partly Padded & Mischief
Food for Thought
Robert De Micheill
Mickey Mouse's Greatest Love ♥
Harbor at Portofino
Giver of Life
Where are my Brothers...
Schim Schimmel | Book Dedication
Schim Schimmel | Appreciation!
Fork it Over
Now and Forever
From the Past
Lac d'amour / Forever
note: the couple is holding hands on land and embracing in the reflection...
Kitty on a Chair
Mikonos Cafe | Twilight
Mikonos Cafe | Noontime
Orta San Giulio
Passage to Lumiere
Southern Star Atlas
Northern Star Atlas
Walk Through the Forest
Dreaming (with Happy Dedication : )
Everyone who came through the studio while I was working on this, thought it was me in the image. I liked to think it was...
Teppei Sasakura | Book Dedication
"The Works of Teppei Sasakura"
Teppei Sasakura | Book Dedication
"Teppei Sasakura - Volume 3"
Fabrique de Chapeaux
Le Carrefour de l'Odéon
Leon de Lyon
Au Petit Marquis
Winter in Borovici (with Horses)
Musicians in Borovici
David Lee | White Orchid
This is an example of a Giclée that had out of gamut colours that could not be reproduced with a digital print. I created serigraphic touch plates to pop up the blues and yellow/orange in the center of the flowers. I also added opaque white ink to enhance the whitest whites.
Mustsumi's prints had various specialty touch plates. This image had gold leaf on the background circle (which does not convey well in the photo). It also had crystalina accents... to create magic : )